Files with ly suffix can be mainly encountered as music notations made and saved using the LilyPond music notation software.

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LY file extension - LilyPond music score

What is ly file? How to open ly files?

File type specification:

Audio and sound file type icon Audio and sound file type

File extension ly is mainly associated with LilyPond, a free musical score creation program distributed under GNU Project. It uses text files to describe music, hence it is in some ways more similar to a programming language than graphical score editing software.

A .ly file contains saved music notation.

The default software associated to open ly file:

LilyPond icon

GNU Project logoLilyPond  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
GNU Project

LilyPond is a music engraving program, devoted to producing the highest-quality sheet music possible. It brings the aesthetics of traditionally engraved music to computer printouts. LilyPond is free software and part of the GNU Project.

LilyPond for Mac picture or screenshot

GNU Project logoLilyPond for Mac  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
GNU Project

LilyPond for Mac  is a text-based music engraver; it is more similar to a programming language than a graphical score editing program.

LilyPond for Linux icon

GNU Project logoLilyPond for Linux  Linux/Unix software

Company or developer:
GNU Project

LilyPond for Linux is music notation editor and music composing application. LilyPond is free software and part of the GNU Project.

Help how to open:

Except for LilyPond, some alternative music notation programs also support .ly fils.

How to convert:

LilyPond allows users export of music notations to several formats.

Find converter to ly file type:

bww to ly

msc to ly

mscz, to ly

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List of software applications associated to the .ly file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open ly file, edit ly file, convert ly file, view ly file, play ly file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting ly files.

Software that open ly file - LilyPond music score

Programs supporting the exension ly on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open ly file action.

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